So yesterday I read an article about Sean Maher, and his revealing that he is gay on his new show ‘The Playboy Club’. (http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/09/26/firefly-playboy-club-actor-sean-maher-comes-out-ga/)
The ensuing words of support and love from the rest of the ‘Firefly’ cast on Twitter reminded me of why a show that lasted only one season has become such a big part of who I am.
Some people think that letting a television show influence the person you are is a laughable thing. They think that your life must be empty of anything else, which is far from the truth, at least in my case.
We are not fashion professionals and we aren’t going to pretend to know anything about hemlines or fabric textures. What we do know is what we like; and what we like is pretty much everything you’ll ever see on ‘Mad Men’ or ‘Pan Am’.
Now we don’t want to discount Don Draper’s style, because damn, that man was born to wear clothes! However, we are enamored with the ladies in these two amazing programs. And let’s face it; men’s fashion hasn’t really changed in the last 40 years. If the men of today would pull their pants up and wear a tie every now and then they would look just like Don Draper. But that’s a rant for another blog.
What we especially love is the difference between how our gorgeous gals are treated in both shows. In ‘Mad Men’ the women are treated as pretty pieces of interior design, there to look good and keep quiet. To pour the drinks and light the cigarettes and make short work of the typing.
On ‘Pan Am’, there is nothing more important than their stewardesses. The pilots can be replaced, but one girl goes missing and helicopters are sent to bring in a replacement. They are the face of the company and yet, are still treated like prize pigs going to the county fair every time they put their uniforms on. They are weighed and poked and prodded every time they get ready for work.
We’ve been thinking about it and we’ve put together our very own rules for dressing for success – with or without sleeping your way to top.
Boycott the abomination that is the Star Wars Blu-Ray box set and get out and see one of the three new movies in the theatres this week!
“There Are No Clean Getaways”
Directing: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writing: Hossein Amini (screenplay), James Sallis (book)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac
Trying to sell the ‘Transporter’ and ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchises to the sophisticated arty crowd could be a difficult task. But casting indie darlings Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan is a pretty good start.
Price of Admission will get you a lot of Ryan Gosling looking hot, driving fast and killing people. Well worth $10 bucks if you ask us!!
Running Time · 100 min
Rated · R
“Everyone Has a Breaking Point”
Directing: Rod Lurie
Writing: Rod Lurie, (screenplay), David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah (earlier screenplay), Gordon Williams (book)
Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods
A remake of the 1971 controversial Sam Peckinpah classic set this time in the southern United States. Cyclops and Lois Lane relocate and try to make nice with the locals, but if the movies have taught us anything it is to avoid the “Deep South” and everyone who lives there at all costs. This movie is no different.
Price of Admission will get you wishing you’d avoided the “Deep South” and just rented the original.
Running Time · 110 min
Rated · R
I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
“If It Were Easy, Men Would Do It Too”
Directing: Douglas McGrath
Writing: Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay), Allison Pearson (book)
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers, Olivia Munn
I don’t know how she does it either! But, Sarah Jessica Parker has managed to get herself yet another job! This time she’s trying to achieve a balance between her work and personal life.
Price of Admission will get you into a virtually empty theatre watching SJP running around trying to juggle her business lunches and family time.
Running Time · 95 min
Rated · PG-13
Awards season is upon us once again. And to kick it all off is a celebration of one of our most favourite things in the world – television!
Everyone in the T.V. industry will be getting all gussied up for the evening’s events and we can’t wait to see what hilarious host Jane Lynch will be wearing. She cleans up real pretty-like compared to her insane character’s collection of tracksuits on Glee.
But let’s face it people, the best part of the entire awards season is to make bets with your friends on who’s going to win each category. Not to mention it’s a great excuse to buy mass amounts of junk food and booze and hangout on the couch all night yelling at the T.V.
Here are the major categories – you know the ones that will actually get aired – and who both of us think will win. Or in some cases that we think SHOULD win.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Whitney – Modern Family – Almost the entire cast is nominated for their acting, they have one writing nomination and three directing nominations. Even though I really, really wish someone would show a little love for Parks and Recreation one of these days. That show is genius.
Andrea – Modern Family – The collection of quirky and over-the-top characters is a virtual jackpot of comedy gold! The fact that anyone who even walked by the set is nominated seems to indicate that Emmy has noticed this as well.
Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy
Whitney – Jim Parsons – I dare anyone to find a character more hilarious than Sheldon Cooper. Not to mention the fact that you can hate, love and feel bad for him all at the same time is amazing. Although, I have a feeling they may throw this award at Carell as it is the last time he’ll be nominated for The Office.
Andrea – Steve Carell – Let’s face it; Steve Carell made this show. He’s been nominated year after year and has yet to win. Hopefully this Sunday Steve Carell will get the one thing that Michael Scott so desperately wanted – some love!
Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy
Whitney – Amy Poehler – This is a purely biased, probably wrong, choice and I don’t care. I want her to win. It’s time to share the wealth Tina Fey.
Andrea – Martha Plimpton – From fiercely sarcastic to oddly naïve and sincere, she is always hilarious and passionate. I wish I could be friends with her character Virginia Chance in real life … sadly that is not the case. So, to soften that blow, I would give Martha the statue!